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Covid-19 Student Assistant-Fund to Support Doctoral Students and Postdocs with Family Responsibilities at Philipps-Universität Marburg

Foto: Till Braune

In times of corona-induced closures of care facilities and schools, young researchers who had to take over the care of their children or other relatives were particularly exposed to multiple burdens and particularly hindered in their research.

Within the framework of MARA's Covid-19 Student Assistant-Fund, up to 20 young scientists with family responsibilities can be funded by the support of a student assistant. 

Scope and duration of funding

The support of a student assistant is funded with 20 hours per month over a period of max. 6 months. (Costs correspond to a student assistant with degree).

Funding criteria

Applications can only be submitted by doctoral students and postdocs of Philipps-Universität Marburg who take on family responsibilities (childcare and / or other caregiving tasks). Applications from individuals who hold a permanent position or who currently have their own third-party funding (personnel or material resources for auxiliary staff) or who did so in between 1 January 2021 and 30 November 2021 will not be considered.

Applications must include:

1.     brief project outline

2.     brief description of how your family responsibilities caused by the Corona-related closures has affected your research 

3.     description of the extent to which the student assistant supports your research project (+short work plan of the student assistant)

In your application, please be sure to indicate a cost center (Kostenstelle) to which the fund can be transferred (usually that of your doctorate supervising office, institute or department).


Applications for the Covid-19 Student Assistant-Fund to support doctoral students and postdocs with family responsibilities should be sent by e-mail to: .

For any further questions please contact the managing director of MARA, Dr. Ines Braune (, phone: 06421/2826141)

 The application period ends on 14 November 2021.

Decisions will be made on the basis of the files. In the event of a high number of applications the decision will be made by lot.



Dr. Ines Braune
MArburg University Research Academy (MARA)
Managing Director
Tel.: +49 (0)6421 28 26141